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Eve Monique Zucker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836115

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836115.001.0001

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Trust and Distrust

Trust and Distrust

(p.47) 3 Trust and Distrust
Forest of Struggle

Eve Monique Zucker

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the concept of trust as well as attempts to recover trust after radical distrust swept O'Thmaa and its neighboring communities from the civil war years through the period of Democratic Kampuchea and into the 1980s and 1990s. It first provides a theoretical background on the notion of trust before turning to the ethnography of trust and distrust in Southeast Asia. It then explains how the intrinsic interconnections between trust and moral and social order made trust the object of the Khmer Rouge's vehement attack, in part by seeking to expunge even—and especially—the most intimate expressions of trust in the sphere of family and kinship relations. It also examines the ways that the people of O'Thmaa are trying to rebuild trust in the moral/social order and personal trust with each other while contending with the residue of distrust left by the Khmer Rouge conflict. Finally, it considers how sentiments of trust and distrust are understood and mobilized by villagers in response to sweeping social changes.

Keywords:   trust, distrust, O'Thmaa, civil war, Democratic Kampuchea, moral order, social order, Khmer Rouge, family, kinship

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